Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Foundation
The Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Foundation (DLBS) is a foundation based in Berlin , whose tasks are the preservation and, in conjunction with other partners, the restoration and public presentation of historic aircraft.
The foundation was established in 1986 by Deutsche Lufthansa AG , which, on the occasion of its 60th birthday , wanted to realistically illustrate the history of the old Lufthansa with an airworthy historical Junkers Ju 52 . This Ju 52 ( historical registration D-AQUI , baptismal name Berlin-Tempelhof ) was placed under protection by the Hamburg Office for Monument Protection in 2015 as the world's first aircraft as a "movable monument".
Today, the independent foundation owns several aircraft that are looked after for assembly, restoration and maintenance at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg , or are stationed there at Hamburg Airport in winter. Flight operations, on the other hand , are coordinated by the Lufthansa base at Frankfurt am Main Airport .
The planes are used for presentation at aviation shows, exhibitions and sightseeing flights. The Ju 52 D-AQUI is used for regular sightseeing and cross-country flights throughout Europe. In addition, the aircraft can be chartered for special flights.
The foundation also promotes scientific work on historical aircraft and offers programs for students with Reinhardt Abraham's study grant . The foundation is partly financed by donations, as well as through the Friends of Lufthansa Ju 52 eV
In addition to the Ju 52 D-AQUI , the DLBS operates two other historical aircraft: a Messerschmitt Bf 108 B-1 “Taifun” and a Dornier Do 27 B-3. However, these two types of aircraft were never part of the Lufthansa fleet.
In addition, an Arado Ar 79 B from the German Museum of Technology was restored by the foundation in a joint project at the Lufthansa base in Hamburg and presented at flight days from 1996 until it was installed in the museum in 2001. The foundation is also involved in the project to rebuild a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 "Condor" .
In December 2007 the foundation in Maine (USA) bought three Lockheed L1649A "Super Star" machines and commissioned Lufthansa Technik AG to repair one machine. One of the three planes was to be restored in the USA and then used in Germany for historic flights. In mid-March 2018, however, Lufthansa announced the stop of the restoration with reference to the costs. They order the aircraft to be dismantled in the USA and transported to Germany.
In January 2019, the board of directors of the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Foundation informed the members that Deutsche Lufthansa AG was no longer complying with the request for further financing of the commercial flight operation Ju 52. One must therefore stop the passenger flights. The board is now looking for further financing options and supporters in order to maintain the flight capability of the listed aircraft.
- Only Ju - Homage to a Lady , feature film / documentary 2008/2009 in German and English as DVD and BD.
- With the Ju over Hamburg , DVD 2010 (sightseeing flight over Hamburg).
- Sebastian Steinke: Ju 52 named "movable monument". In: Aviation Classics. Motor Presse Stuttgart, August 24, 2015, accessed on January 7, 2017 .
- Austrian Wings: Out for the Lufthansa Super Star project. Retrieved January 22, 2019 .
- Aerobuzz: Lufthansa no longer supports the Ju 52 flight operations. Retrieved January 22, 2019 .